What is a clingy girlfriend?
A clingy girlfriend will go through your phone.
She will destroy the contact numbers of every other girl on your phone.
She will delete your Facebook profile.
And will give you forty-five missed calls in the sixty minutes you put your phone on silent for an office presentation.
A clingy girlfriend will say
Carry two sets of fully charged mobile batteries so you can be in touch with me. Always.
In my dream, you were flirting with some other girl and then ended up in bed. Dreams are a manifestation of some act that is carried out in daily life. Are you cheating on me?
You have issues. You need to get therapy. Are you cheating on me?
And the worst one – why aren’t we married yet?
Obrokranti Banerjee’s girlfriend ticks all of these and more. Caught between wanting to break up and the fear that he’ll never find another girlfriend if he does, Obrokranti finds himself doing things he never imagined – watching Shah Rukh Khan movies, having to fast with her on karva chauth and perhaps worst of all, having his girlfriend join him on a boys night out!
Bestselling author Madhuri Banerjee brings to you an uproariously howlarious account of a simple Bengali boy in Mumbai who copes, mopes and hopes to find logic and reasoning with his clingy girlfriend. It’s writing Madhuri’s never done before and promises to change her name if you don’t laugh at least five times while reading this book!
You know you have one too. This is your story. My Clingy Girlfriend.
A bestselling author. A Bengali protagonist. A man’s story written by a woman. These unique features made me read ‘My Clingy Girlfriend’ and write this review. While the book seemed interesting in its concept and presentation, somehow the narration failed to attract me. I haven’t read Madhuri before, though I’ve heard a lot about her books.
In this one there’s a story, yes. Obrokanti Banerjee is our man and his life is dissected in this book, well, mostly his love life. Narrating in first person, Madhuri gets into details of Obro’s life, his obnoxious Punjabi live-in girlfriend Radha, his obscure colleague Menon and other morons in his office. His life is almost doomed with a clingy girlfriend, someone who defines the very concept of clingy and is nearly abominable. She keeps track of every minute in Obro’s life, with frequent calls surpassing the man’s irritation level. She controls every move of her boyfriend, including whom he should talk, meet, or call.
What I liked about the book is the portrayal of clingyness. It has actually defined every aspect of the term, if it ever exists! Radha’s control freak nature and actions makes the readers sick at times. While you know there are people like that, clingy boyfriends and girlfriends, you would shudder to even imagine one in your life. Madhuri’s portrayals are sublime and hilarious, quite satirical too most of the times. Obrokanti is one who would garner both sympathy and apathy from you. He probably deserves whatever he got.
What I didn’t like is some explanation about Radha. Why does she choose to be a housewife even before marriage? Why doesn’t she opt for a job? Why does her family in Pune allow her to live with someone else in Mumbai, if she’s not even doing a job there, and neither married to him? Radha’s clingyness would seem more appropriate if we knew rhyme and reasons to these questions. The author’s language is lucid and easy, her humour is mostly appropriate and actually humorous. The pickings on Obro’s Bengaliness are quite good and evoked much laughter from me and other readers I know. Had the story been subjected to a more interesting climax, I’d have wanted a sequel, or perhaps a ‘My Clingy Boyfriend’ version. But it disappointed me.
Recommended for younger readers, just out of college or in early years of job. Mostly a young book, this one is.
My Rating: 2.75/5
About the Author:
Madhuri Banerjee is the best-selling author of five novels. She is also the writer of the successful Bollywood film, Hate Story 2. She has a blog on CNN-IBN called Chastity Belt. She has her own production house and is an ad film director. She was a columnist with the Asian Age for two years and currently has a column in Maxim magazine. She has also won a National Award for her documentary on women’s issues called Between Dualities. Currently she is the face of Revlon as their Relationship Expert.
She Tweets with the handle @Madhuribanerjee and has over 16,000 followers who love her relationship advice. Her personal blog, has over four lakh views already. She is a world traveller, an avid reader, a coffee addict, an amateur photographer, an Instagram addict, a doting mother, and a fashion advisor.
Her observations of the male species and tales of her personal life in reverse format has made her write this book, a completely different take from any writing she’s ever done before!
Language: English, Genre: Fiction/Humour
Author(s): Madhuri Banerjee
Publisher: Westland Books, Year Published: 2015
Binding: Paperback, Edition: First, Pages: 256